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March 3rd 2008
Published: March 3rd 2008
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hi there Robynhi there Robynhi there Robyn

you got pretty close too.
We came here because its THE place to see whales, but unfortunately, the wind is from the wrong quarter, and the sea is too rough to take tourists out. So we spent yesterday on the beach in glorious sunshine, and today booking the next batch of hostels in pouring rain (but luckily we could stay indoors for that). We've been to a couple of fur seal colonies - today the young ones were playing in a pool, just like lambs really, jumping over each other and racing around. Also saw an interesting cave, formed under the sea, then thrown up in an earthquake, or just thrown up!!! Saw a bit made of diatoms too, Sophie.


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on the beachon the beach
on the beach

at Kaikoura, where mountains meet the sea.
seal colonyseal colony
seal colony

the bull seals often sleep in the car park, but not today.
howeverhowever
however

there were several nearby! They make little nests in the grass.
but this was the closest we got todaybut this was the closest we got today
but this was the closest we got today

its a road sign for a whale shaped traffic bump.
flint featureflint feature
flint feature

caused by diatoms. A strange shape though, and no-one knows why.


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